Morning Book Break and Books and Bagels Book Discussion Groups on
Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of An Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry
The Books and Bagels Book Discussion Group members rated the book with a range between a 4.5 and 5.0. Additionally, one member gave the book a 3.5. The average of the ratings was 4.73. One member said, “I don’t see how you can give the book anything but a 5.00.”
The Morning Book Break Book Discussion Group rated the book between a 3.0 and 4.50. Additionally, two members gave the book a minus 1.0 and another member rated the book at 1.0. The average of the ratings was 3.80.
Members overwhelmingly enjoyed this book, and thanked the facilitator for this selection. They were grateful to read material that made them laugh. Discussion usually ends around 11:15 a.m. but, most members stayed past noon to discuss the most important theme of the book—our pets and the joys they bring into our lives. Members shared photos of their beloved pets. It was an upbeat feel good discussion!
Many members had read Dave Barry’s work before and they were happy to discuss his writing style and humor. The clubs spent some time answering the question, “How would you define a sense of humor?” Members have already recommended this book to others and will continue to do so. One member is recommending the book to friends to help them lighten their load. Two members said their husbands heard them laughing and they inquired as to what they were reading. Both husbands said, “May I have the book to read when you are done?”
All the members agree we need more humor in our lives. Members agree that laughter is such a good tonic for our souls. Almost all the members laughed throughout the book. One member said she laughed on every single page.
Members enjoyed this fast, easy read. They thought Dave Barry provided excellent descriptions. Most agreed his stories were hilarious.
Some members without pets thought they learned a lot about the joys of pet ownership in this book. The group discussed all the lessons and attributes we can learn from pets such as: loyalty, unconditional love, comforting others, etc. One member said her cat taught her patience and to keep it simple. She stated that human nature always seems to complicate things, but that is not necessary. Animals teach us to keep things simple.
One member thought the last chapter did not fit, but on later reflection, decided that the last chapter actually includes all the lessons from the previous chapters.
Everyone agreed the life lessons contained are important, but hard to maintain. One member thought the theme of the book was to not be so judgmental. One member stated that she did not read the book for the life lessons; rather she appreciated the book for its humor. One member said every chapter taught her about love.
Several members agreed that Dave Barry’s work is not worthy of the next Pulitzer Prize, but his work is a valuable and important part of our ethos—and we need more of his humor in our lives. Members who have read Dave Barry for decades are sad that he is aging and wonder if someone else can take his mantle.
The ending shocked members and some did not think this chapter fit well with the rest of the book. Members felt the book was so uplifting until the end, which disappointed some members. Several members skipped the last chapter because they did not know what was ahead and they wanted to leave the book on a high note. One member was relieved to hear at club that Lucy did not die in the last chapter.
One member thought Dave Barry’s best work is as a columnist.
Three members did not care for Dave Barry’s humor. They did not find him funny.
One member thought the premise of learning things from Lucy was a cute idea, but this book has already been written, multiple times.
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Dave Barry did an excellent job of explaining the activities he participates in for fun during the book, but if you wanted a visual of these activities, please check-out the videos below:
The World Famous Lawn Rangers in Amazing Arcola:
The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Stephen King,
Dave Barry, and The Rock Bottom Remainders
(The band is introduced and begins playing at 34:00):
Rafael Pi Roman interviews Dave Barry about his book Lessons From Lucy
(included in interview are adorable photos and footage of Lucy):